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INVISIBLE RIVER 2015 Is Almost Here!

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The community arts festival takes place in, on and above Philadelphia's Schuylkill River in East Fairmount Park Saturday, August 29, combining dance, art, boating, and love of the environment.

The event begins at 2:00 p.m. at Mander Recreation Center with a drum line processional that will lead the audience from the gateway of Fairmount Park to the Schuylkill River. The audience is then greeted with a panorama of different experiences: public boat rentals and paddling lessons in canoes, kayaks, and row boats; interactive art installations about the future of the park and the river; yoga, circus, fishing and storm water management demonstrations and classes; and four local food vendors and a beer garden from Sly Fox Brewing Company.

The finale performance at 5:30 p.m. is a multigenerational ensemble of 22 dancers using stand up paddleboards and the center of the river, while two aerialists descend from above the Strawberry Mansion Bridge for the perfect grand finale. After the performance, festivities continue until 8:00 p.m.

Guests can enjoy for free from the shore but tickets are available to be a part of the Invisible River experience on the river. Book a boating ticket in advance to watch the performances seated in a kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board or a row boat.

Also, if you can, be sure to ride your bike #onthecircuit to the performance. Hope to see you there!

Invisible River 2015

When: Saturday, August 29, 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: East Fairmount Park and Strawberry Mansion Bridge; Main festival site, 2200 Kelly Drive

Cost: From the shore, free; From a boat, $25 and up

More info: www.invisibleriver.org


Run For a Cause #onthecircuit

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Looking for an exciting outdoor challenge?  Why not tackle a new challenge and support a great cause!

On September 12, runners and walkers are invited to enjoy the scenic cliff paths of the Boxers’ Trail in East Fairmont Park during the Boxers’ Trail 5K.  Proceeds from the Boxers' Trail 5K benefit Mander Recreation Center in North Philadelphia, which organizes youth programs, including runs along the Boxers' Trail. Race Day registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Click Here to register.

Later this fall, experience views of Philadelphia unlike ever before during the Cooper-Norcross Run the Bridge Challenge on November 1! The 10K certified course begins at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge on the New Jersey side, crosses the bridge, doubles back, takes you through the waterfront area and finishes in Campbell's Field. A two-mile bridge walk immediately follows the start of the run. Also available to runners and walkers is a Dedication Bib where $100 participants will have the opportunity to run or walk for a cause and each participant’s cause will be promoted on Run the Bridge’s Facebook page. Don’t want to leave the kiddos behind? During the race, an event for kids will simultaneously take place at Campbell's Field. Click here to register.


Cadence Youth Cycling Meets the Mayor!

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Last week, the Cadence Youth Cycling Cycle Squad signed up to attend City Hall for Lobby Day with three goals in mind: Get the mayor and City Councilmembers to listen to them regarding the Delaware Watershed, The Circuit, and a Vision Zero policy for Philadelphia. Students Coleman Milligan, Tamia Santiago, Sykheem Adams, Marlina Hardy, Joshua Walton, Krystal Philson, Taevon Oliver, and Allen Williams, then, were largely successful in their endeavors.

Throughout the day, students met with Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and the staff of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, to speak about the issues with which they were concerned. Among them: Wanting to make the roads safer, cleaning up the pot holes, cleaning up the roads, (sometimes broken glass will steer them into the middle of the road, students said). They also spoke about the ideas behind Vision Zero and advocated for that to the city’s leadership. Click here for the full story.


Help Greater Philadelphia Become More Bike-Friendly

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Last year's launch of the CyclePhilly smartphone application provided a valuable glimpse into the bicycling habits of Greater Philadelphia. From May to October 2014, hundreds of bicyclists used CyclePhilly to record thousands of trips, allowing DVRPC planners to see where people rode (to the closest intersection) and why. The app automatically mapped all of the routes, which can be broken down by trip purpose.

Check out the CyclePhilly 2014 data summary and stay tuned for information about exciting app updates that are in the works.

If you missed using the app last year, you have another chance to inform future bicycle infrastructure investments. Urban, suburban, and rural cyclists are all encouraged to participate. Simply download the CyclePhilly app today, press record, and go. Log a trip between now and October 2015 and you could win a GoPro camera!

Ride. Record. Reimagine your Routes with CyclePhilly at www.cyclephilly.org.


Watershed Education #onthecircuit

    • Tom McKeon, Rails-to-Trails

Summer vacation is in full swing, but troves of kids in the Philadelphia region aren’t putting learning on hold. Through watershed education programs on the Circuit, Philly students are connecting to their home turf in the get-your-hands-dirty kind of way.

Tom McKeon, youth engagement coordinator with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, is teaching watershed education curriculum to youth in the Philadelphia region. Working with a variety of partners, including the Asian Arts Initiative, Neighborhood Bike Works, Cadence Youth Cycling, Lloyd Hall Boathouse, TTF Watershed Partnership and the Wooden Boat Factory, allows McKeon’s brand of education to break from the mold. The groups he works with get a hands-on, real world experience, which allows education to be which allows outdoor education to be fun and memorable.

The Circuit’s access trails, such as Cobbs Creek Trail and Tacony Creek Trail have allowed McKeon to organize bike rides and hikes focused on local watershed topics. And because the connection to Philadelphia’s rivers and streams is such a central focus for many of the region’s residents, the on-trail watershed education is a no-brainer.

“Watersheds are important because their health impacts public and ecological health,” explains McKeon. And the diversity of the Circuit makes these projects easy and fun,” says McKeon. “The Circuit really is the most effective way of running an outdoor program.”

Over the course of the summer, McKeon and his eager students share the wonders of benthic macro invertebrates, dig into issues like storm water runoff, and discuss the importance of healthy wetlands and riparian buffers. And the best part? The “lab,” “classroom” and “library” are all trailside.

For some students, the summer watershed education is the first introduction to the Circuit trails. It’s an assuming entrance point for youth in Philadelphia, and a taster of the incredible asset to which the region lays claim.

“I’ve seen how the Circuit is interwoven with Philadelphia culture,” explains McKeon. And the outreach that’s being done on the Circuit- by McKeon and others- that’s educating and inspiring the next generation of trail users.


Take Action to Help Fund New Jersey Circuit Trails

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Supporters of Circuit trails in New Jersey - Speak Up!

Are you fond of the Delaware and Raritan trail and can't wait to see it complete from Trenton to Bordentown?  Do you use the Cooper River Trail but wish there was a seamless bike/ped trail between the Ben Franklin Bridge and Haddonfield?  These are just a few of the many trails that are part of the Circuit in Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties that are awaiting funds for planning, design and construction.

Now, there is a major opportunity for Circuit supporters to send a message to their elected officials to dedicate transportation funding for Circuit trails in Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.  

The Draft DVRPC Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Jersey (FY2016-2019) is out for public comment.  It lays out the transportation priorities for the four New Jersey counties in the Greater Philadelphia region. The deadline for sending a comment is August 10th.

Please take a moment to contact your county freeholders to create a "line item" for Circuit Trails in the FY2016 TIP.

Click here to send an email to your county representative!  

Thank you for taking action for the Circuit!


Schuylkill Canal Towpath to Re-open Today!

Later today, a ribbon-cutting will celebrate the completion of the Schuylkill Canal Towpath Restoration Project, a unique reconstruction of the historic canal towpath. The trail, located in the villages of Mont Clare and Port Providence in Upper Providence Township, serves as an extension of the Schuylkill River Trail and a key trail segment in the Circuit. This project, undertaken by Montgomery County, officially completes the Schuylkill River Trail from Philadelphia to Phoenixville, and provides a unique trail connection from Lock 60 and the Lock Tenders House to Montgomery County’s Upper Schuylkill Valley Park.

This 1.75-mile project, which includes the restoration of the Red Bridge, the installation of a 125-foot long pedestrian bridge, and the restoration of the towpath to its original width with reinforced embankments, is part of Montgomery County’s 10-mile Trail Expansion Program. Funding for the project was provided by Montgomery County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and William Penn Foundation. This project marks another milestone in the completion of the Circuit!

WHEN:     Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Red Bridge

Intersection of Canal Street and Port Providence Road in Upper Providence Township

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DVRPC Data Shows Increased Demand for Circuit Trails!

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The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) released the first year of data from its permanent bicycle and pedestrian counters that have been placed on 11 trails around Greater Philadelphia. Thanks to generous support from the William Penn Foundation, the permanent counters enable the Commission to collect continuous volume data around The Circuit trails. The five trails with the highest combined bicycle and pedestrian volumes for a one-year period are:

  1. Schuylkill River Trail at Kelly Drive – 663,201
  2. Chester Valley Trail – 240,182
  3. Schuylkill River Trail at Pawlings Road – 208,180
  4. Wissahickon Trail – 208,114
  5. Cynwyd Heritage Trail – 114,619

The data collected by the permanent bicycle and pedestrian counters shows significant use of these regional transportation assets. DVRPC maintains one of the nation’s most widespread bicycle and pedestrian counting programs. The counters combine a passive infrared sensor, which detects body heat, with an inductive loop, which detects the metallic signature of bicycle wheels, to provide a count of pedestrian and cyclists, including their travel direction. This technology paves the way for the introduction in Philadelphia of real-time “bicycle barometers” that simultaneously collect data and encourage bicycle use due to their prominent visibility and digital displays.


More $ 4 Circuit -- Say Thx!

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Let's give DVPRC a shoutout!

As readers of this blog know, this past June 26th, the DVRPC Board voted unanimously to support the dedication of federal and private dollars toward 11 circuit trail segments in Pennsylvania.  It approved a new “line item”  for the Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program (AKA the PA TIP) that designates $5 million in federal transportation dollars for construction.

Take a moment to say a quick thank you to the Board members of DVRPC by clicking here to send an email. 

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Tips for all Beginner Runners and Cyclists

1. Hydration is key - During these hot and humid summer days, drinking water is the simplest and most important tip of all. Runners should drink two cups of water prior to running and one cup of water every 30-minutes. Dehydration can have negative effects on performance and recovery, and poses a huge threat to one’s overall health. If you can, plan your exercise for the early morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

2. Looking good = Feeling Good- Ever look at runners or cyclist in magazines and think to yourself, “their workout gear costs more than my entire wardrobe!”? Well yes, some top of the line gear could put a dent in your paycheck, BUT being too stingy with your workout gear can hurt you. I hate to say this, but toss aside your oversize college t-shirts and discounted sneakers and trade them in for appropriate apparel.  Gear does matter for performance. Blisters, chafing, sweat build up, and joint problems are all common issues that arise from wearing improper workout gear. Stay away from cotton, avoid rough fabrics and make sure your shoes provide proper support. If you’re looking for new workout gear, make sure to check out North Wales Running Co and if you're looking for bike gear or repairs, there are several options for you including Breakaway Bikes, Bicycle Therapy and Fairmount Bicycles.

3. Stretch it out- Some of the most common injuries occur because people don’t stretch after a workout. Sometimes after a long bike or run all you want to do is sit down and relax, but relaxing can wait. Stretching helps reduce tightness and possible injuries. It is best to stretch for 10-15 minutes after a short warm up period and again at the end of a workout. Then you may fall to the ground and take a nap.

4. Team up for success- Working out regularly is not an easy task. Often times life gets in the way and forces us to pass on that run or bike we had planned. Finding a group of buddies to exercise with can help motivate you to get moving. Follow a beginning running plan that sets realistic goals for you and your group. Check out The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia or Philadelphia Runner for a list of biking/running groups and lessons in the area.

5. Don’t Overdo It- We all want to be able to run or bike miles at a time without feeling like we are going to pass out. Don’t worry, you will one day! But first stick to a solid, comfortable pace and don’t do too much, too soon. By building up to your goal slowly, you will save yourself a lot of frustration and pain in the long run (pun intended). 


Go Philly Go - Directions for Multimodal Trips

    • Go Philly Go - 2 Hour Trip
    • GoPhillyGo with Bike Share
    • GoPhillyGo Multimodal Directions
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Over the past 10 years it has become a lot easier to to obtain bike, walk or transit travel information thanks to a plethora of web and phone applications such as Google Maps, The Transit App and Ride the City. However where those applications fall short is when you need multimodal directions. A common scenario is that you get off the Market Frankford El but your next connecting bus is in a half hour. And then when you reach your stop, you then have to walk 5 blocks to your final destination.

Enter GoPhllyGo.

GoPhillyGo essentially takes Google Directions to the next level. The app not only allows you to get multimodal directions with own bike, but you can also find out if Indego bike share is available for your trip. Or maybe you just want to find great places to go. GoPhillyGo includes completed Circuit trails and can produce a coverage map for up to 2 hours of travel time.


Broad Support for New Trails Across 9 County Region

In May 2015, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia conducted a public opinion survey across all nine counties of the Delaware Valley. The survey aimed to gather an understanding of the general population’s awareness of the Circuit and the level of demand for more trails in the region.

The survey found high levels of support for trails in the region.  Overall, 85 percent support building more trails in their counties. Furthermore, 70 percent were in favor of spending $2 per person in public dollars annually to pay for new miles of trails. 

Sixty percent of respondents said they would like to have access to a trail, or more trails within 10 minutes of their homes.  Of respondents under the age of 45, that level of support rose to 72 percent

Read more by reviewing the full survey results analysis or a breakdown of survey results by each county.

  

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All Aboard the Patriot on the Schuylkill River

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The Schuylkill Banks is buzzing with activity, both on-land and on the water. The Schuylkill River Trail is the perfect spot for running, walking, cycling, yoga, picnics, etc., and the Schuylkill River is great for kayaking and boat cruises! The Schuylkill River Park Alliance recently announced a 20% discount for all Schuylkill River tours offered by Philadelphia Harbor Lines. Each cruise features a unique experience and a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy the history and significance of the Schuylkill River!

Grab family and friends and board the Patriot – a new 1920's style 35 passenger commuter boat – this summer.  

  • Secrets of the Schuylkill: a 1 hour fun and fact filled tour highlighting the past, present and future of the Schuylkill
  • Boat to Bartram's Garden: a 3 hour cruise with a two hour tour of Bartram's Garden
  • Walnut to Walnut: a 1 hour 45 minute cruise from Walnut Street on the Schuylkill to Penn's Landing on the Delaware
  • Different Night - Different Lights:  This one-hour cruise highlights Philadelphia's skyline at night, with its varying and delightful hues
  • Hidden River Cruise:  a 1 hour fun and fact filled tour highlighting the past, present and future of the Schuylkill

To order your discounted order tickets, use our promo code SRPA15 and click here.


DVRPC Board Approves $5 Million for Circuit Trail Expansion

Today, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) took a major step in moving the Circuit forward by approving $5 million in federal transportation dollars, which seven Circuit trail projects will be able to draw from for construction funding! Drawn out in our last blog post (click here), the funding will be allocated to a total of 11 Circuit trail projects.

This approval comes on the heels of a recent public opinion study by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which reports high levels of support for trails in the region. Conducted in May, the telephone survey aimed to gather an understanding of the general population’s awareness of the Circuit and their opinions on demand for more trails in the region. Sixty percent of respondents said they would like to have access to a trail, or more trails within 10 minutes of their homes.  Of respondents under the age of 45, that level of support rose to 72 percent.  Overall, 85 percent support building more trails in their counties. Furthermore, 70 percent were in favor of spending $2 per person in public dollars annually to pay for new miles of trails. 

This support for trails is tremendous and this is a very exciting time for the Circuit as funding and construction continues! 


Calling all Burlington County Residents!

Burlington County has the opportunity to build out several miles of Circuit trails including the Delaware River Heritage Trail, Kinkora Trail and the Rancocas Creek Trail –  but they need YOU for support! Next Wednesday (6/24), Burlington County Freeholders are holding a board meeting and will consider adjusting its Open Space tax rate as part of the budget process. Please join us and speak in support of greater investment for trails and parks! 

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Your presence is needed to support increased county investment in Burlington County trails and parks!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

Burlington County Freeholders are holding a board meeting on Wednesday, June 24 and will consider adjusting its Open Space tax rate as part of the budget process. In 2013, Burlington County rolled back the tax from four cents to 1.5 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value. We’ve heard that the Freeholders are considering restoring the tax rate to four cents.

Burlington County has the opportunity to build out many miles of the following trails.

  • Delaware River Heritage Trail
  • Kinkora Trail
  • Rancocas Creek Trail

According to a new Circuit public opinion poll, those surveyed from Burlington County demonstrated that they are in favor of more trails.  The survey found:

  • 69% of Burlington County residents would like to have access to a trail, or to more trails within 10 minutes of their home
  • 86% support the construction of new trails in Burlington County
  • 72% of Burlington County residents support spending $2 of tax dollars per person per year to add 64 miles of trails in Burlington County to the 750 mile Circuit regional trail network.
  • 77% of Burlington County residents have used a trail for recreation or transportation within the Delaware Valley

The County is on a roll with new parks and trails being planned and opened. Increasing their investment will help keep up the momentum. Please attend the Burlington County Chosen Freeholders Board meeting and speak in support of greater investment for trails and parks!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

County Administration Building

3rd Floor, COURTROOM 1

49 Rancocas Road

Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

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Celebrate Dad on the Circuit!

In celebration of National Trails Month and Father’s Day, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is teaming up with Kidical Mass to host a Father’s Day free family fun ride on the Circuit! This event is perfect for families who love to get active and is a great opportunity to explore some of Southwest Philly’s great trail infrastructure by bike.  The Family Fun ride will travel from Clark Park along the Circuit’s own 58th Street Greenway, ending at Bartram’s Gardens where there will be plenty of fun activities for kids, adults and parents. Participants also have the opportunity to check out Bartram’s Gardens brand new community boathouse on the Schuylkill River. Hope to see you out #onthecircuit this Father’s Day!

For more information and to register, click here.


Get Your Tail on the Trail Program Wins National Recognition

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a proud member of the Circuit Coalition, received national recognition at the 2015 International Trails Symposium hosted by American Trails for the Get Your Tail on the Trail program!  They won the “Trails for Health Award,” recognizing their commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity. A truly remarkable program, Get Your Tail on the Trail is a community-based initiative geared toward promoting outdoor fitness activities in a fun, family environment.

Launched in May 2013, the initial 165-mile challenge aimed to engage 250 people in the program. Little did they know that in the first six months of the program, 2,455 people would have signed up and logged 255,392 miles. Today, Get Your Tail on the Trail has 4,870 participants who have logged 1,124,295.62 miles.

A model of collaboration, the program was created in 2013 by Elissa Garofalo, Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Dr. Bonnie Coyle, St. Luke’s Director of Community Health and Kenneth Szydlow, Vice President of Marketing for St. Luke’s University Network.  The program aims to expose families to outstanding opportunities along the D&L Trail while improving health awareness, providing nutrition and exercise programs, and promoting a culture of personal wellness and a sense of community built around the trail.

Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

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Paoli Pike Trail Open House and Project Presentation Set for June 16

On Tuesday, June 16 area trail users are invited to participate in the planning of a multiuse, off-road trail spanning the East Goshen Township along Paoli Pike. The trail was recommended in the 2013 Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan (see here). There is hope that this will be the first step in an off-road trail linking West Chester, Malvern and Paoli, so come out and join us! 

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the township's consultants, McMahon Associations, will present for comment a preferred alignment and general design at the township building (located at 1580 Paoli Pike). Following the Open House, there will be another presentation during the Board of Supervisors meeting at 7:00 p.m. 

A public comment period on the Trail Conceptual Plan is scheduled in September.  The Feasibility and Master Plan project is scheduled for completion in December.  It is anticipated the township will apply for grants in 2016 to fund the next steps in creating the trail.


What's on Deck for the Circuit

Based upon a review of the status of Circuit trail projects in the nine counties, we are able to update the estimated completion dates of twenty-six trail projects and four on-road bike lane projects that are likely to occur over the next 24 months.  There are roughly 30 miles of trails and 15 miles of bike lanes expected to be added over the next two years.  Many exciting trail projects that everyone has long been waiting for are on this list!

Project Title

Type

Mileage

County

ESTIMATED Completion date

Delaware Avenue Extension

Paved Trail

0.6

Phila

Fall 2015

Green Lane Connector

Paved Trail/Sidepath

0.1

Bucks

Fall 2015

Newtown Square Trail

Trail

0.9

Delaware

Fall 2015

Darby Creek Stream Valley Park

Paved Trail

1.2

Delaware

Fall 2015

Tinicum Route 291 ECG

Trail/Sidepath

0.5

Delaware

Fall 2015

Pennypack Trail - Route 63  to Byberry Road

Stone Dust Trail

3

Montco

Fall 2015

Cobbs Creek Segment A

PavedTrail

1

Phila

Spring 2016

Manayunk Bridge

Paved Trail/Bridge

0.6

Phila

Spring 2016

Pennypack Trail - Crossing of Frankford Ave

2-Way Protected Bike Lane

0.05

Phila

Spring 2016

Marcus Hook ECG

Bike Lanes

1

Delaware

Spring 2016

Betzwood Bridge

Bridge

0.5

Montco

Spring 2016

Big Woods Trail

Stone Dust Trail

2

Berks

Spring 2016

Kinkora Trail

Trail/Sidepath

3

Burlington

Spring 2016

Lawrence Hopewell Trail - Carter Road Section

Trail

2

Mercer

Spring 2016

Chester Creek Trail

Paved Trail

2

Delaware

Summer 2016

SRT Pottstown - Phase 1

Trail

1.5

Montco

Summer 2016

Tookany Creek

Paved Trail

0.5

Montco

Summer 2016

Bartram's Mile

PavedTrail

1.25

Phila

Fall 2016

Baxter Trail

Paved Trail

1.75

Phila

Fall 2016

K&T Trail

Paved Trail

1.8

Phila

Fall 2016

SRT - South St to Christian

Paved Trail

0.3

Phila

Fall 2016

Tyburn Road Underpass

Trail

0.2

Bucks

Fall 2016

Del Rvr Heritage Trail

Trail/Sidepath

5

Burlington

Fall 2016

Gray's Ferry Swing Bridge

Bridge

0.75

Phila

Spring 2017

Lindberg Blvd - 84th St to John Heinz

Paved Trail/Sidepath

0.5

Phila

Spring 2017

Ben Franklin Bridge Ramp

Bridge

0.3

Camden

Spring 2017

Delaware River Waterfront Trail - Washington Ave to Pier 70

Trail Improvement

0.5

Phila

Spring 2017

TOTAL TRAIL MILEAGE

 

32.3

   

Tuckahoe Road Bike Lanes - Monroe Twp to Route 40

Bike Lanes

10

Gloucester

Fall 2015

Camden/North Camden Waterfront Bike Facilities

Bike Lanes

1.6

Camden

Fall 2015

Camden/North Camden Waterfront Bike Facilities

Sharrows

2

Camden

Fall 2015

North Park Drive Bike Lanes (Part of the Circuit)

Bike Lanes

1.6

Camden

Summer 2016

TOTAL BIKE LANE MILEAGE

 

15.2

   

Circuit Trail Segments Poised For the PA TIP

Since May 2014, the PA counties have been working to strategically prioritize  segments of the Circuit.  As a result of this work, a number of these projects are being nominated to receive Regional Trail Program funding for design and engineering, construction, or additional study.  The nominations will be up for approval at the June 2015 DVRPC Board meeting.  If approved, this phase will distribute almost $1.4 million in funding.

The PA counties have also sought to identify projects that could be placed on the PA Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is the 5 counties' transportation capital budget program. An action will be introduced at the June 2015 Board meeting to create a Circuit line item on the TIP.  Seven high-priority trail projects deemed ready for design have been identified for inclusion in this line item.    

The DVRPC Board is poised to dedicate $5 M of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds to that line item for the construction of the projects.  Identified projects will be eligible to use those funds for construction. They will also work through the PennDOT process during design, making them well-positioned to compete for future federal construction funding sources. 

In addition, six of the seven projects in the line item will receive Regional Trails Program funding to pay for design and engineering.  Finally, it should be noted that approximately $9.5 million in construction funds are already programmed for the Chester Valley Trail Extension. This project is included among the seven because it has been nominated to receive supplemental funding for design and engineering from the Regional Trails Program.

The PA Circuit TIP Projects will be:

Philadelphia - 1) Pennypack Trail - State & Rhawn Crossing

                        2) Cobbs Creek Segment D– 84th Street to entrance of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge along Lindberg Blvd.

                        3) Spring Garden Street Greenway - Final Preliminary Design

Montco -           4) Chester Valley Trail Extension

                         5) Pennypack Trail - Byberry Road to County Line Road

Bucks -             6) Newtown Branch (Southampton section)

                         7) Bridge Street Crossing – D&L Canal Towpath

The following projects will receive Regional Trail Program Round 2 funds for construction or study, but will not be placed onto the TIP:

  • Chester - Chester Valley Trail Phase 4A (construction)
  • Schuylkill RIver Trail - 422 to Moser Rd (construction)
  • Frankford Greenway (alignment analysis study)
  • Cross County Trail  (alignment analysis study)
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